Peer Support Program

About the Program

It sometimes helps to be able to talk to someone who has been there, someone who understands.

The Peer Support Program offers in-person or virtual one-to-one peer support at any point in the cancer journey. Cancer patients, families, and caregivers can be connected with a trained peer support volunteer who has experienced a similar journey and challenges.

Volunteers are available to provide:

  • Non-therapeutic emotional support.
  • Information on cancer resources and services.
  • Practical advice to help manage the cancer journey.

All conversations are confidential and tailored to the individual's needs. The program is free of charge and currently available to Verspeeten Family Cancer Centre patients, families and/or caregivers.

Request Peer Support.

Benefits and Impact

When we tell our stories, it helps us to process our experiences and make sense of them. It also allows us to connect with others who may have had similar experiences. Relating to others in this way can provide a sense of comfort and understanding.

The peer support volunteers can provide a safe space to express your feelings and concerns, without judgement or interruption.

What the Research Says

Many studies show that peer support can improve mental, emotional, and physical health. Peer support also offers patients the chance to meet others who share some of the same experiences. It is a valuable addition to your healthcare and the support you get from family and friends.

Studies also show that peer support volunteers get valuable social interactions from the role. Volunteers can also gain a sense of purpose and fulfillment when providing peer support.

For more information about the Peer Support program please email: